Experiences with Dating Relationships


Karen Blair, MSc., PhD Graduate Student, Department of Psychology,Queen’s University

Caroline F. Pukall, PhD, Department of Psychology, Queen’s University



This study is being conducted by Karen Blair, a PhD Graduate Student (613.533.3276) under thesupervision of Dr. Caroline Pukall (613.533.3200), Department of Psychology,Queen’s University.

This study has beengranted clearance according to the recommended principles of the Canadian ethics guidelines, and Queen’s University policies.


Invitation to participate


You are being invited to take part in a research study.  Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve.  This Letter of Information will tell you about the purpose, risks and benefits of this research study.  If you agree to take part, we will ask you for your consent.  If there is anything that you are not clear about, we will be happy to explain it to you.  Please take as much time as you need to read this document.  You should only consent to participate in this research study when you feel that you understand what isbeing asked of you, and you have had enough time to think about your decision. 


The research

The current research is being carried out to investigate the experiences of young adults in making decisions concerning mate selection anddating. We are interested in men and women of all sexual orientations who areabove the age of 18. You have been asked to take part, as you match this criterion. Please note that your participation in this study is strictly voluntary, and that you may withdraw at any time, without penalty or consequence. To withdraw from the studyat any time, simply close your browser or navigate away from the survey page. At the end of the survey, once you click “submit” you may no longer withdraw your answers, but the submission is entirely anonymous and can in no way belinked back to your personal identity. Your participation in this study involves responding to a few different written scenarios (i.e. What would youdo if….) and filling in some information about yourself. If at any stage, you experience discomfort, due to any element of the research (e.g., the topics ofthe questions); you may withdraw without penalty or consequence.


It is anticipated that your participation will take no more than 20 minutes. In terms of the benefits of this study, it is hoped that our results will broaden the understanding of how individuals make decisions concerning whom they date and what third parties might play a role in influencing such decisions. We also believe that participants will benefit by gaining insight into: 1) how psychologists conduct research; and 2) their own decision making processes.    


The data collected will be recorded electronically over a secure server and stored on password-protected and encrypted hard drives in a locked research laboratory at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. All information that iscollected from you, during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential (i.e., the researchers will keep secret any information collected about you) and will not be shared with anyone else. The information collected in this research study will be stored in a way that protects your identity. To reiterate: no personally identifying information is being gathered and the results from the study will not identify you in any way.  Finally, a full debriefing report of the study’s results will be made available at www.klbresearch.com at the end of the study.



As a thank you for your time and effort, you will be entered into a prize draw for a $50.00 (Canadian Currency or equivalent).


Anyquestions about study participation may be directed to the researcher: Karen Blair at Karen.blair@queensu.ca or 613.533.3276, or her supervisor, Dr. Caroline Pukall; caroline.pukall@queensu.ca or 613.533.3276. Any ethical concerns about the study maybe directed to the Chair of the General Research Ethics Board at chair.GREB@queensu.ca or 613.533.6081.



If you have been affected in any way by this research,

please contact one of the following services for help/support.

As topics that concern relationships are potentially sensitive, you may wish to talk to someone about issues raised by the research, you can search your phonebook for local organizations that provide support. 

I would like to reiterate that you are welcome to contact the researchers directly if you have any concerns or questions about this research.  Again, please note that you are free to refuse to take part in the study without any disadvantage or discontinue your participation at any point without penalty or consequence.


Thank you for reading this!


***Please print a copy of this Informed Consent page for your own records and reference. *** 


Experiences with Dating Relationships

Please read the following with regards toyour participation in the study entitled Experiences with Dating Relationships

I consent to the information contained in the Letter of Information and understand what isrequired for my participation in the study. I understand that I will complete aseries of questionnaires, and that I am to complete these questionnaires bymyself. However, I also understand that trained members of the research team are available by telephone or email should I have any questions or require further information about any aspect of the study. I understand that some of the questions may be quite personal in nature, and that some of them concern sexuality.I understand that my participation in the study is completely voluntary andthat I am free to withdraw at any time. I also understand that my confidentiality will be protected throughout the study, and that the information I provide will be available only to researchers with relevant scholarly interests.

Should I have further questions, I understand that I can contact any of the following individuals:

-       Any questions about study participation may be directed to the researcher: Karen Blair at Karen.blair@queensu.ca or 613.533.3276, or her supervisor, Dr. Caroline Pukall; caroline.pukall@queensu.ca or 613.533.3276. Any ethical concerns about the study may be directed to the Chair of the General Research Ethics Board at chair.GREB@queensu.ca or 613.533.6081.